On Monday, August 11, 2015, a 17-year-old was killed in an auto accident involving a Gravel Hauler, on I-696 ramp in Farmington Hills. According to CBS Detroit, investigators say that teenager Ian Scott Taylor, lost control of his vehicle on the I-696 ramp from Grand River to I-275, and crashed into a gravel hauler construction vehicle around 3 pm. Officials have stated that they believe that dangerously excessive speed was a factor in the tragic Michigan auto accident.
After the initial investigation, police revealed that the gravel hauler was heading westbound on the I-696 ramp to I-275, when Taylor tried to merge into the highway traffic from the Grand River Avenue entrance. While attempting to merge, Taylor lost control of his Ford Focus, entered the path of the gravel hauler, and was broadsided on the driver's side of his car. Taylor was announced dead at the crash site, and the truck driver, who was deemed to be not at fault, was not injured. After the crash, the freeway ramp was closed for around four hours, while police investigated.
According to the CDC, the leading cause for teen death in the United States is motor vehicle crashes. In 2011, 2,650 teens in the US aged 16-19 were killed and around 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in accidents. On average, seven teenagers aged from 16-19 died every day from a car accident. People in the United States aged from 15-24 represent 14% of the population. However, they account for 30% of the total costs of auto accident injuries for men, and 28% for women.
If you or someone you know is a young driver and has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our accident lawyers are here to help you with questions about insurance problems, medical expenses, and pain and suffering benefits as allowed by Michigan law. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.